From the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is, Matilda the story of a precocious four-year-old whose parents are crass, dishonest and regard her as "nothing more than a scab." (ala Lemony Snicket). Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. When she starts school, the headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is "a fierce tyrannical monster". Thankfully, her teacher Miss Honey is an angel who sees the brilliant promise of Matilda and encourages her. A cute read for ages 9-11.